Taking flight while swimming with sea creatures, that is the beauty of scuba diving. But it is so much more than a relaxing activity – it’s also a great way to work out.
It‘s a great cardio workout
Of course, you swim while you are scuba diving underwater. On average, a dive lasts between 45 to 60 minutes. That’s about an hour of constant kicking and keeping muscles in your legs and abs engaged. Plus, it’s low-impact and does not put any stress on your joints. Cardiovascular exercise such as swimming comes with a slew of benefits like improving heart health, and building strength and stamina.
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It’s a form of resistance training
On top of swimming during your dive, you are also subjected to fierce currents that push and pull you in all directions. This creates resistance, which requires you to kick harder and use bigger actions to avoid being swept away. Just like any resistance training exercise, it allows you to build muscle strength for lean and toned limbs. As it is done underwater, you are less prone to aches and sore muscles, which is why divers can go for anywhere from one to five dives a day.
It incorporates strength training
On top of the weight of you and your surroundings, you’ll be carrying weights and oxygen tanks. While you might feel weightless underwater, you are still required to carry the equipment on land. An average tank weighs about 15kg, that’s one big barbell. You also use at least one or two kilograms of weights (I’ve seen people use up to eight) to help you descend at the beginning of the dive. Carry that around with you in the water and on the beach for extra calorie burn.
It helps you burn fat
According to recent research published in the British Medical Journal, the reason why faster paced activities burn more fats is that our fat cells store triglyceride, a type of fat in the blood which is made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. These atoms are released through oxidation and when that happens, fat is burned off.
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Want to brave the waves and learn scuba diving? Here’s where you can go.
To get the Open Water certification that is honoured all around the world, you will have to pass a theory and practical test. Singapore is home to various scuba diving schools where you can take to pool practice, but you are required to complete three to five open water dives to get certified. Those who take the test in Singapore usually cross the border to Tioman or Redang, Malaysia. These are the three most well-known scuba diving schools:
PADI is the world’s biggest, oldest and most recognised diving association with a tagline, “The Way The World Learns To Dive”. Many regular divers like PADI because their teaching is extra strict, which means you really have to learn, remember and apply.
Like all dive schools, they require you to enrol in a curriculum of dive practise and theory to familiarise you with the water and they believe in “Comfort through repetition.”
As a non-profit organisation, NAUI highlights the importance of education, living by their motto “Dive Safety Through Education.” Start now to swim with marine life while getting in a good scuba diving workout.
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